Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper

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Pots of 'Butch T' peppers
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The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper is a chili pepper that was formerly the most piquant pepper. It has been since replaced by the 'Carolina Reaper'.[1] The pepper is a Capsicum chinense cultivar, derived from the Trinidad moruga scorpion, which is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago.[2] It is named after Butch Taylor, the owner of Zydeco Farms in Woodville/Crosby, Mississippi, and a hot sauce company, who is responsible for propagating the pepper's seeds.[3] The "scorpion" peppers are referred to as such because the pointed end of the pepper is said to resemble a scorpion's stinger.

World record[edit]

The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' cultivar was, for a short time, ranked as the most pungent ("hot") pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records in 2011.[4][5] A laboratory test conducted in March 2011 measured a specimen at 1,463,700 Scoville heat units, officially ranking it the hottest pepper in the world at that time.[6] The pungency of a species of chili pepper can vary by up to a factor of 10 depending on the conditions under which the specimen grew. The secret to the heat, according to the creators, is fertilizing the soil with liquid runoff of a worm farm. According to the New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute (the only international, nonprofit scientific organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum or chile peppers), the distinction of world's most piquant pepper currently belongs to the 'Carolina Reaper'.[7]

The 'Butch T' peppers are so hot, to cook with it, cooks must wear chemical masks and body suits, and have reported feelings of numbness in their hands for more than two days afterwards. [8]


  1. ^ Hottest Chili, Guiness World Records 
  2. ^ "ABC News" Retrieved February 19, 2013
  3. ^ "New Record Broken Again!" Retrieved April 14, 2011
  4. ^ "Hottest chili" at Guinness World Records retrieved May 26, 2012,
  5. ^ "Guinness World Records" Retrieved February 19, 2013
  6. ^ "Aussies grow world's hottest chilli" Retrieved April 14, 2011
  7. ^ "Chile Pepper Institute" Retrieved February 19, 2013
  8. ^ "Hottest Peppers In The World" Retrieved May 16, 2013